Along with film theatres, movie festivals are returning this summer season—together with essentially the most prestigious of all, Cannes, in July. Its opening-night movie, Leos Carax’s “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, is scheduled for a late-summer launch in theatres and on Amazon. All of Carax’s movies have a serious musical aspect—equivalent to Denis Lavant’s mad, ecstatic sprint in “Bad Blood” to David Bowie’s “Modern Love”—however “Annette” is his first full-on musical, and it’s considered one of a radical kind: even the dialogue is sung, to music by the duo Sparks, in a story of a standup comedian (Driver) and an opera singer (Cotillard) whose lives are modified by the beginning of their daughter, a baby prodigy.
An actual-life Twitter thread by Aziah Wells King gives the premise of “Zola” (June 30), which the director, Janicza Bravo, wrote with Jeremy O. Harris; it’s the story of a waitress in Detroit (Taylour Paige) whose wild highway journey to Florida with a intercourse employee (Riley Keough) turns violent. Colman Domingo and Nicholas Braun co-star. The versatile director David Lowery, whose work consists of “A Ghost Story” and “The Old Man & the Gun,” adapts an Arthurian legend within the medieval drama “The Green Knight” (July 30), about Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) and his confrontation with a mysterious big; the forged consists of Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, and Joel Edgerton. “Candyman” (Aug. 27), the fourth entry within the slasher-film cycle, is ready in a now gentrified a part of Chicago, the place an artist (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) paints the eponymous serial killer and turns into his goal. The movie’s director, Nia DaCosta, wrote the script with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. ♦